Source: Herald Sun
The Rabbitohs trio will travel 12,500kms to the famous Northern Arizona University camp in Flagstaff, Arizona.
There, the Bunnies will spend 12 days training at a minimum of 7000 feet above sea level, where the Suns have previously utilised high altitude training techniques including climbing the Grand Canyon and Mt Humphreys, complete with a 12,500 foot summit.
The conditions can vary from being warm and sunny to snowing with high winds, with players lactic acid thresholds thought to be significantly improved under the duress.
Designed to increase individuals’ red blood cell counts due to the lower oxygen levels, high altitude training is believed to increase elite athletes oxygen carrying capacity and aerobic fitness.
Souths trio Reynolds, Keary and Walker will spend 12-days training alongside the entire Gold Coast Suns AFL playing roster in Arizona, where the activities vary from running repeat 400m sprints to strength training in the state-of-the-art $106 million facility.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire and high performance manager Troy Thomson will also travel to the US for part of the camp, with the Rabbitohs group then set for a two-day stopover at the University of California in Los Angeles for more training on the way home to Sydney.
“From their point of view, they would gain a first-hand look at what it’s like training with an elite sports team in a variety of challenging conditions in an elite camp overseas. And from our point of view we would get all the elite benefits of a high altitude training camp.”
The Rabbitohs’ US fact finding expedition will commence at the start of the club’s pre-season training in November and the trip includes an additional two days of training at UCLA on the way back to Sydney.